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How do warlords survive and even thrive in contexts that are explicitly set up to undermine them? How do they rise after each fall?

Event details of Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan
Date 30 September 2021
Time 17:00 -18:30

Between 2007 and 2018, Malejacq interviewed ministers, governors, a former vice-president, warlords and their entourages, opposition leaders, diplomats, NGO workers, and local journalists and researchers in Afghanistan to understand how warlords adapt and why weak states like Afghanistan allow it to happen. In this lecture, Malejacq follows the careers of four warlords in Herat, Sheberghan, and Panjshir (Ismail Khan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ahmad Shah Massoud, and Mohammad Qasim Fahim) ever since the beginning of the Soviet-Afghan war.

Dr. Romain Malejacq is an Assistant Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Department of Political Science and Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM). He holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University and Sciences Po Paris. His book Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan came out with Cornell University Press in 2020. His new research project, “Commander Politics: Cooperation and Competition in Civil War” was recently awarded a VIDI grant as part of the Dutch Research Council (NWO)’s Talent Programme. His work has been published in Security StudiesPerspectives on PoliticsCivil WarsSmall Wars & Insurgencies, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Etudes Internationales, and featured on blogs such as Political Violence at a GlanceThe Conversation, and The Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage.

Date: Thursday 30 September, 17.00-18.30
Location: Oudemanhuispoort, Room D 0.09